The Pangasinan Provincial Library (PPL) organized various activities on November 14 and 15 in celebration of the 29th National Library and Information Services Month.
Provincial Librarian Ma. Cynthia F. Vila said during the Pangasinan in Action media forum on November 5, that this celebration (pursuant to Presidential Proclamation no. 837 series of 1991) aims to highlight the invaluable services that libraries and information centers render to the public.
All the activities are open to public, such as: library tour, library orientation, story-telling and film showing, Vila noted.
The provincial librarian also stressed that a book fair activity will also be conducted in partnership with Adarna House, Inc., National Book Store, and Rex Bookstore, Inc. among others.
Vila also emphasized that the PPL is in sync with the demands of the generation today particularly in the convergence of technology.
As to date, the provincial library has 39 computer sets with fast internet access and hence, the whole vicinity of provincial library is Wi-Fi ready with the software support of the Tech4Ed program of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).
It can be recalled that in July 2017, the provincial library was among the pilot cyber-education hubs in the country that launched Tech4Ed to expand its online services.
An average of 2,000 students and Pangasinenses per month conduct their research in the provincial library, Vila stated. Hence, the provincial library makes sure that all books and their authors are credible and recommended.
The Provincial Government of Pangasinan, under the leadership of Governor Amado I. Espino III, aims to implement RA 7743 to establish barangay reading centers along with other existing city and municipal libraries, Vila added, noting that this undertaking further empowers Pangasinenses from the grassroots level.
In 2017, the PPL was adjudged second place in the national search outstanding public libraries with special programs on the protection and preservation of cultural heritage which was conferred by the National Library of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, National Commitee on Library and Information Services, and Philippine Librarians Association, Inc.
Among the oldest books stored in the PPL are: “Doctrina Christiana” published in 1885 and the “Historyay Nuestra de Manaoag” published in 1913.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman (Photo by Jin Perez)